I admit to not being a sports fan, not knowing who the contenders are for the 2014 Super Bowl, and even (gasp) not really caring. Yet, I find myself hosting 20 to 30 people each year for a Super Bowl party that’s often pulled together at the last minute. Since clearly I’m not a last minute party planner, you might wonder why this happens, and the answer is twofold. First, my husband and son spend the week or so before the game casually mentioning to friends that they should come over to watch the game without keeping track of how many people “might” be coming. And, two, the Super Bowl lends itself to such casual entertaining, that it’s not difficult to pull off. So, if you find yourself in this position, here are my tips for a simple but easy Super Bowl celebration!
- Assemble a guest list. Or, in my case, figure out who has already been invited and confirm who is actually coming.
- Consider a simple email instead of an actual invitation. In the email, you can clarify the time you want people to arrive and ask for an RSVP response.
- Encourage guests to bring specific items. I always request that guests bring dessert. It’s one less thing to worry about.
- Easy appetizers are perfectly appropriate. This is the one party where you can simply pour some chips and pretzels in bowls, and you’re all set.
- Create party areas. Make sure you have enough seating for people to watch the game, but also be prepared for those who may want to mingle (or just watch the commercials). I leave televisions on in the kitchen, living room, and den and encourage people to move around.
- Serve dinner buffet style. And there’s no shame in just ordering in pizzas and eating on paper plates.
- Do most of the clean up during the last quarter of the game. Admittedly, this only works if, like me, you’re not vested in the outcome of the game. If you use disposable plates and utensils, all that’s required is throwing things in one big garbage bag and taking it outside.